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Indiana University Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility

Indiana University Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility
Indiana University Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility

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Indiana University Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility
Affiliated Library
Indiana University
Indiana University
DescriptionThe Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF) is a secure, high-density shelving facility designed to provide secure storage environments for Indiana University collections. It provides pristine preservation environments for and offers rapid access to all print materials, archives, manuscripts, film, and media from the IU Libraries. The facility features a secure storage vault for print materials, art collections, film collections and textile collections, each with individual temperature and humidity set points that are ideal for the categories of collection formats inside. The facility also includes the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Laboratory (which housed the IU Libraries Preservation Department), collection treatment freezers, space for accessioning, delivery vehicle garages, receiving, lending, conference, limited public use (by appointment only) and the facility staff.
Contact Name: Vaughn Nuest
E-mail address:
Phone Number: 812-856-0832
Address: 2850 East Discovery Parkway, Bloomington, Indiana 47408 United States
Postal code: 47408
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Year opened: 2002
Total Personnel: 2
Annual Budget: 338188
Total Capacity (volumes): 6,400,000
Total Capacity (linear feet): 392000
Building Size (square feet): 89721
Current volume count: 3,900,000

Technology Systems
Inventory Management SystemCaiaSoft
Date Implemented2022
Previous IMSGFA Library Archival System
Date Implemented2003

Operational Details
Harvard Model? Does the facility generally follow the "Harvard Model"?
Materials placed in trays? Are most materials placed in trays?
Materials placed on shelves? Are most materials placed directly onto shelving?
Shelving Height (max): 32
Movable Shelving? Does the facility use movable shelving?
Robotics? Is robotic equipment used for placement and retrieval?
Operated lifts? Are manually driven lifts or used for placement and retrieval?
Shelved by Call Numbers? Materials shelved according to library-assigned call numbers?
Shelved by size? Materials shelved according to size categories?
Archival HVAC? Facility monitors and manages temperature and humidity?
Target operating temperature: 50 (Degrees Fahrenheit)
Target operating humidity: 30 (Percent)
In Library? Is the repository located inside a library?
Remote? Is the repository located remotely from the library it serves?
Max travel distance (miles):